Possible tutoring program coming to failing schools in Calcasieu Parish

Tutoring for failing schools

CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) - In an effort to improve the failing schools in Calcasieu Parish, the school board wants to provide after school tutoring programs.

President of the CPSB R.L. Webb said it's just an idea right now and it needs to be talked about with the staff at the school board. But Webb said it's something that needs to be done.

This tutoring program needs to happen now and not later, Webb said.

"I don't know the answers to solve all of our problems, but I think this would help if we had a comprehensive mandatory after school tutoring program to help these kids in all the schools that are "D" schools," Webb said.

The programs, if implemented, would be after school and provide snacks for the students as well as transportation from school.

Webb said the revenues for the school board will be increasing in the coming years and even though the tutoring program is going to be expensive, he said they shouldn't sit back and do nothing.

"We've got to try and compete," Webb said.

There are currently 17 schools in Calcasieu Parish that received a "D" or "F" letter grade. Of those 17, there are 10 elementary schools, five middle schools, and two high schools.

At the school board meeting Tuesday, July 10 Webb expressed the need for urgent help to these failing schools in the Parish.

"I believe, and I probably shouldn't say this either, that we're being set up to fail by our Governor, our legislature and the BESE board. And forgive me...I think we better fight back as best we can and I think we better come up with some ideas to fight back," Webb said at the meeting.

Webb believes the public schools in Calcasieu are taking a beating and said it's not justified.

"I taught public school for many years. I retired as a school teacher," he said. "I really believe if the child wants that education, they can get that education."

Getting the after school program implemented immediately he said is vital. With the charters schools coming to Calcasieu Parish, Webb said he doesn't want to lose students from the parish's public school system.

"I really believe it is [the Governor's] intent to get many of these schools under the Charter Foundation or under the recovery school district, so we have to compete against them," Webb said.

"Our kids scores have to be better than their's or we might as well just convert all the schools to charter schools," he said.

Webb said the proposal for the after school tutoring program will be brought up to Superintendent Wayne Savoy and from there a decision on whether the board can move forward with mandatory after school tutoring will be made.

KPLC will bring more information as it becomes available.

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